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occupied military post in the united states. we'll get a special tour of west point. >> coming up, i'll tell you why this person is driving badly to save lives. >> something you probably do just about every day may be hazardous to your health. >> that and lots more right now on "teen kids news." >> welcome to "teen kids news." i'm mwanzaa. >> and i'm siena. here's our top story for this week. >> we've all seen those cute paper balloons in stores. you fill one out when you donate money. but you may wonder, who does your dollar help? nicole has the story. >> ♪ a little bit longer, hey >> musician nick jonas, american idol david archuleta, and teen dream justin bieber -- they're just some of the celebs who support the children's miracle network hospitals. but 13-year-old alena, and millions of kids like her, are the real stars of the charity. alena gets a special present delivered to her house once a week. it's not clothes, jewelry, or games. alena's gift is medicine that helps keep her alive. >> so i have a rare genetic disorder called maroteaux-lamy, or also known as mps vi, and i t
May 5, 2012 2:30pm PDT
the united states abroad, then you might want to consider becoming a diplomat. lauren looks into what a diplomat does and what it takes to become one. >> let's start with a quick american history question. >> the department of state. >> correct. while usually called the state department, the official name is the united states department of state. it was established all the way back in 1789. with headquarters in washington, d.c., the state department is headed by the secretary of state, currently hillary clinton. its job is to oversee all our foreign relations. in fact, listen to how the state department describes its mission. that's quite a task. and to help the state department achieve those goals is the job of the u.s. foreign service. >> what we want to do is, we want to promote america's interests. we want to promote peace. we want to promote understanding. we want to make sure people around the world know what america is all about. >> assistant secretary hammer explained that foreign service officers are also called diplomats. they're assigned to work at one of the more than 250
May 12, 2012 4:00pm PDT
.s. history, saying the united states is weakening al-qaeda but warning the fight isn't over. >> we're determined to destroy that organization. we're going to destroy it, but that's going to continue to require us to maintain this pressure on al-qaeda, whether it be in pakistan, afghanistan, as well as in yemen. >> meanwhile, a major milestone in the rebuilding of ground zero -- 1 world trade center becoming new york city's tallest skyscraper. newly installed steel columns will make the tower just over 1,250 feet tall. that puts the unfinished skyscraper taller than the empire state building. and a spectacular sight for new yorkers. space shuttle enterprise riding atop a modified 747, soaring over the city skyline before landing at its temporary home at jfk airport. onlookers lining streets and rooftops to catch a glimpse of enterpriflying over the statue of liberty and much of manhattan's skyline. enterpriwill ultimately retire at the intrepid sea, air & space museum. >> just about every major city in the country wanted the enterprise, but new york has the right stuff, and we won.
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is the highest award the united states can bestow on a person for bravery above and beyond the call of duty. >> the medal of honor came about because the united states army actually did not have any medals to give to its soldiers prior to the civil war. today, of course, you have to pretty much do a very heroic act -- something that's distinctly either saves lives or saves a situation. in the civil war, you didn't have to do that. a lot of times, a soldier would get a medal of honor for just picking up a dropped flag. today, though, you actually have to do something in combat with an enemy force, and that's a little bit different than some of the medals of honor that were given out in the past. >> this report is brought to you by the national road safety foundation. staying up late, studying, stressing over grades and tests. do you think things like these can cause a teen to be distracted while driving? >> yes, because staying up late decreases your energy and it will make you drowsy or sleepy and studying because you have to worry about tests all the time and homework and things like that.